Things are looking up. We have had the best three days of cycling here on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal. Sunday was meant to be another wet and windy day, yet we left Carvahal in hazy sunshine. It did darken and rain and wind came a plenty, but it’s not cold, so we battled on. It’s all a shame as the scenery through the national park, rice paddies and vineyards is lovely. The final climb to Santiago do Cacem was very arduous on a narrow road. At 250m it is a very touristy town, and we were surprised that our tiny room with shared facilities cost €35. Still, after 40km, we were happy to have the restaurant and bar to relax in.
On Monday, from Santiago do Cacem, it was a great days cycling. We were only riding 24km to Sines and there was no rain. It was sunny and warm and we were well overdressed. There was a climb out of town to 280m but from then on it was all downhill to the coast.
We took a shortcut from N120 which involved some sand and gravel sections, but it was lovely to be free of traffic. Our bikes were parked safely by the side of the road as we enjoyed a lunchtime picnic.
Our stop was Camping São Torpes where we had booked a bungalow for €33 including breakfast. No wifi, but the accommodation was first class and the café bar more than welcoming. At 3pm we were sunning ourselves outside on their patio with views to the ocean. Bliss, especially as today was my birthday.
So today was another breeze. We didn’t leave Sines until 11.30, partly because the breakfast ran to 11.00, and the skies were clear blue. It was a gentle 30km to Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Along the way we met up with Anders from Sweden on his way to Istanbul. You have to check out his BikingViking site at www.BikingViking.net. What an awesome guy and marathon king!
We breezed into Vila Nova de Milfontes and soon found our beach side hotel. Sadly, the old town resembles a construction site due to renovation of drainage, but the hotel has a great setting overlooking the beach. We got a great bargain at Booking.com for €32 so we are staying two nights.
Sundowners were definitely the order of the hour as we enjoyed the perfect end to three wonderful days here in Portugal. All that remains is to see LCFC Champions prevail again tomorrow.